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Home Fix It Show

Saturdays, 9am-12pm

Dave Baker

Home Fix It Show with Dave Baker

Resident household repair and home improvement expert, Dave Baker provides tips and advice on planning, building and fixing up around the house.   He rounds out his "toolbox of knowledge" by inviting home repair experts to answer any and all home improvement questions. Listen to Dave Baker Saturday's at 9am - Noon on News 95.5 AM750 WSB. 

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Recent Posts

  • Q – This spring I am planning on expanding my house by finishing my basement and perhaps adding a room onto the back. How much can I add with my current hvac system? Bucky in Johns Creek A - Not much. Heating and air conditioning systems are sized by the livable square footage of a house. That probably doesn't include an unfinished basement, and it certainly doesn't include an addition. An under-sized unit will perform inefficiently and will be costly. Your favorite heating and air company should offer, for free, to come out and size your house and give you an exact answer. One of the possible solutions for adding more ummph to your current system would be adding a smaller system just for the basement. This is something you will need to decide before you finish the basement as you will want to run the ductwork before completing the walls. Your extra room could then be nicely controlled by a mini-split (such as a Mr. Slim unit made by Mitsubishi). It is also possible to include a system for your basement and your addition. Your HVAC company will easily be able to measure the size unit you need and give you estimates. More from Dave Baker >>
  • Q - We are in the market for a new roof due to leaks in our old roof. Can the roofer just put the new roof on over the old one? Ralph in Chamblee A - The single best way to re-roof a house is to remove the old roof first. Yes, technically, you can put a new roof on over an old roof, but in your case - why would you want to. (Three roofs are totally out of the question). You mention that you have leaking in your current roof. Leaking leads to rotten wood in the roof decking which can lead to nothing but trouble if you cover it up with a new roof. In fact, if you have any unresolved leaking issues you should definitely tear off the old and replace it. Adding a new roof over an existing leaky roof will only exasperate the problem. You will also find some shingle manufacturers that will not warranty their product when installed over an existing roof. You will also have to disclose the double roof at re-sale, which could possibly end up costing you money at that time. Think of it this way - why would you want to spend a good chunk of change and not get a complete job? Take it off. Take if all off. More from Dave Baker >>
  • 5 Reasons why you should use a professional exterminator:  - Identifying the potential hidden infestations. They know where bugs hide, do you? - To promote safe usage of dangerous, toxic pesticides. Your trained pros know what to use, how to apply it, and how to dispose of the extra. - Using the method most conducive to killing pests. Some poison that kills ants in the spring feeds them in the fall.  - Save you money. What's worse than your home application of pest killer not working? Going back and forth to the store 4 times and still not finding a suitable pest control method. Get it done correctly, the first time.  - Home protection. Proper preventative pest control lessens the chances that you will need home repair later. More from Dave Baker >>
  • January is National Radon Awareness Month. Not sure what exactly radon is? Let me give you a quick rundown with the help of my mold guy David Goulding of Ensign Building Solutions: Radon is a Class A carcinogen that can cause lung cancer. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. “Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building — homes, offices, and schools — and can result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home where you spend most of your time.  “Building a tight home results in greater energy efficiency. But the tighter the home, the more important it is to properly ventilate and accommodate for the possibility of high levels of radon. In Georgia, homes above the Piedmont are more likely to have high levels of radon.” In fact the counties with the highest concentrations of radon are Gwinnett, DeKalb, Fulton, and Cobb. Radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 deaths per year. To give you a little perspective, drunk driving is the cause of about 11,000 deaths per year. While radon is virtually everywhere, a simple at-home test can determine the levels of radon in your home. You can get a 3-7 day radon test kit for anywhere from $10 to $50, and a 90 test kit for a little more. I would recommend the 90 day kit as you will be getting a better understanding if radon is a problem in your home. Goulding goes on to say; “If dangerous levels of radon are found in your home, the best way to fix, or mitigate radon levels is to install a professional radon reduction system. A radon reduction system is any system or steps designed to reduce radon concentrations in the indoor air of a building. While most components are common, no two systems are identical. Systems must be customized to the needs of your home.” This system is not really a DIY project, but there are professionals in the metro area that can do the work. Test your house every 2 years and keep a log. Radon is a silent killer. Know where your home stands. More from Dave Baker >>  
  • Q – We had some Christmas candles drip wax onto our carpet? How do we get that wax out of the carpet? Stan in Douglasville  A – Wax in the carpet isn’t that unusual a problem. The fix is to be patient. I know, a lot of people want that wax to be gone quickly, but this will take a little bit of your time. You will need a brown paper bag, like you used to get at the grocery store, or like you used to get to carry your lunch in, and an iron. Cut the paper so it covers the wax drippings and heat up your iron on low. Then place the brown paper bag over the wax and ‘iron’ the paper slowly. As the wax melts it will be drawn into the paper. Do this several times with a new piece of brown paper each time, and your carpet will soon be wax free. Don’t get in a hurry tho. Low heat and slow ironing is what you need. More from Dave Baker >>

News

  • A woman in Maitland, Florida, said an otter charged at her, bit her calf and scratched her while she was walking her dog last week at Lake Lily Park. >> Read more trending news Ann-Christine Langselius said the encounter happened Jan. 8 while she was walking on a bridge that traces the lake's eastern shore. She said she visits the park daily, but she had never before seen an otter at the lake. 'I saw an otter coming ... just looking at me. It went straight for me,' Langselius said. 'It went for the calf and then it bit first; once in my Achilles. And then it got a really good hold a little further down.' >> Photos: 25 ways Florida could kill you Langselius said she started running and the otter held onto her until she was off the bridge. 'It was so fast,' she said, when asked how large the otter was. 'Maybe like a dog (in terms of size); short legs and very wet.' On Wednesday, the city of Maitland posted flyers, warning visitors to keep their distance, to not feed wildlife and to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission if they spotted any aggressive otters.  The Maitland Police Department said it had received several complaints about an aggressive otter attacking people and pets. The agency said a police officer fatally shot an otter Thursday near Lake Maitland. The Florida Department of Health said the otter tested positive for rabies. Langselius said she suspects it is the same otter that attacked her. The virus is almost always fatal if left untreated. The health department said it has treated three people for rabies in connection with aggressive otters.
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand entered the growing field of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders Tuesday, telling television host Stephen Colbert that she's launching an exploratory committee. 'It's an important first step, and it's one I am taking because I am going to run,' the New York senator said on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.' She listed a series of issues she'd tackle as president, including better health care for families, stronger public schools and more accessible job training. Gillibrand, 52, has already made plans to campaign in Iowa over the weekend, more than a year before the leadoff caucus state votes. She joins what is expected to be a crowded primary field for the Democratic nomination that could feature more than a dozen candidates. Already, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has announced her own exploratory efforts, and decisions by a number of other senators are expected in the coming weeks. Gillibrand, who was appointed to the Senate in 2009 to fill the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, has been among the Senate's most vocal members on issues like sexual harassment, military sexual assault, equal pay for women and family leave, issues that could be central to her presidential campaign. 'I'm going to fight for other people's kids as hard as I would fight for my own,' said Gillibrand, a mother of two sons, ages 10 and 15. As she works to distinguish herself from likely rivals, Gillibrand will be able to draw from the more than $10.5 million left over from her 2018 re-election campaign that she can use toward a presidential run. Gillibrand pledged during her Senate campaign that she would serve out her six-year term if re-elected. She will use Troy, New York, where she lives, as a home base for her presidential efforts. Near the end of their interview, Colbert presented Gillibrand with a basket of campaign gifts, including an ear of yellow corn to wave in Iowa, a piece of granite for New Hampshire and a one-of-a-kind button that reads 'I announced on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
  • A day after travelers waited nearly 90 minutes in snail-speed security lines at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's mayor is concerned about the waits that could result when the city hosts the 2019 Super Bowl. The ongoing partial government shutdown is 'uncharted territory' amid planning for one of the world's biggest sporting events, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Tuesday. 'Obviously, we are in uncharted territory with the shutdown that's gone on this long, and we are preparing as best we can from our vantage point,' Bottoms said. The mayor and others at a Tuesday news conference said two years of planning have them well-prepared to protect the public. 'Our goal is for our officers to be visible, for the public to feel safe, be safe, and be able to position ourselves so that we can react immediately to whatever scenario we are confronted with,' Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields said. 'I think that with anything you can go in with a spirit of confidence if you have prepared, and we have prepared well.' But the government shutdown is a wild card that arose relatively late in that planning process. 'Certainly there are factors that we don't control such as what's happening with our federal government shutdown and with the long TSA lines,' Bottoms said. 'We are continuing to encourage people to get to the airport very early.' The expected crush of travelers is significantly more than normal. On a typical day, 60,000 to 80,000 passengers are screened at Atlanta's airport before departing, airport statistics show. On Feb. 4, the day Bottoms calls 'Mass Exodus Monday,' about 110,000 passengers are expected to be departing from Atlanta's airport one day after the Super Bowl. The partial government shutdown has meant missed paychecks for Transportation Security Administration screeners at airports nationwide. TSA workers have been calling in sick at a rate that's been more than double what it normally is, the agency has said. That's led to a shortage of screeners at some airports across the country. No-shows among screeners jumped Sunday and again Monday. The TSA had a national absence rate of nearly 7 percent Monday, compared to 2.5 percent on a comparable day a year ago, the agency reported Tuesday after getting complete numbers on the absences. A chaotic scene unfolded at Atlanta's airport on Monday, the first business day after screeners did not receive a paycheck for the first time. Mondays are typically busy for the airport as Atlanta business travelers depart for the work week, and some security lanes went unstaffed as lines backed up. Atlanta passengers led the nation Monday in terms of longest screening delays: The 'maximum standard wait time' was 88 minutes, the TSA reported. Passengers who went through TSA PreCheck — an expedited screening program which is typically faster than regular lines — waited 55 minutes, statistics showed.
  • Washington state's lieutenant governor declined to preside at Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State speech Tuesday, saying he was concerned people might bring concealed weapons to the joint session of the Legislature. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a Democrat, noted that the state House of Representatives, where the speech was given, does not have a policy banning concealed weapons, The Daily Herald newspaper of Everett reported . 'There is no specific threat to me. There is no specific threat we know of, period,' Habib said. 'It's about the policy.' The House and Senate ban openly carried weapons in their galleries, and in the Senate, where Habib is the presiding officer; he extended that ban to cover concealed weapons as well. Habib, who is blind, said he was concerned the House policy leaves elected officials vulnerable. Other statewide elected officials, from the nine Washington Supreme Court justices to the commissioner of public lands, attended. In an emailed response, the office of the chief House clerk, Bernard Dean, called Habib's decision regrettable. 'Washington state law is clear: Properly licensed concealed carry permit holders are allowed to carry concealed weapons on the state capitol campus, including the galleries,' the statement said. 'Absent any specific security issue, and in accordance with the law, the House kept the galleries open so that the public could see its government in action.' Democratic Rep. John Lovick, of Mill Creek, the speaker pro tem in the House, presided over the joint legislative session for Inslee's speech in Habib's absence. Inslee, who is mulling a possible 2020 Democratic presidential bid, highlighted climate as his top issue in his annual address to lawmakers, who started their 105-day legislative session this week. ___ Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com
  • The White House says Ivanka Trump will take part in the nomination process for a new head of the World Bank. The senior adviser was asked to participate by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin because she has worked with World Bank leaders on a variety of projects. The White House said she is not a contender for the post. Jim Yong Kim, the current president of the World Bank, announced last week that he is resigning. With Kim's exit, President Donald Trump will have the opportunity to nominate his own choice to fill the position. The leaders at the 189-nation World Bank have all been Americans. But other countries have complained about this pattern. Kim's permanent successor will be decided by the World Bank's board of directors.